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ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND CASE STUDIES: New Strategies for Implementing Locally Integrated Stream Restoration Projects

  • Cheryl de Boer (a1) and Hans Bressers (a2)
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  • Published online: 30 March 2012

Flooding risks in the Netherlands have been a high priority for decades because of its high population density, proximity to the North Sea, and extensive use of land reclamation techniques. With confounding factors such as climate and land-use changes, the Dutch water boards, governments, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), local farmers, and private citizens are addressing the vulnerabilities related to increasing flood risks by improving the resilience of the natural and social systems. Based on an existing framework of important governance regime characteristics, we explore how local groups work toward a more sustainable situation by producing synergetic win-win situations, constructive and cooperative planning and implementation, and the development of a high level of trust.

Environmental Practice 14:1–9 (2012)

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Cheryl de Boer, CSTM–Twente Center for Technology and Sustainable Development, Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands; (phone) +31.53.4894553; (fax) +31.53.4894850; (e-mail)
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